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A Tale of Two Kings
Transcript of A Tale of Two Kings
Attended Centennial High School in Compton.
Average student, who excelled in poetry.
Kept to Himself
Grew up in a violent neighborhood, but tried to stay clear of it.
Born on 1/28/1985 in Frankfurt, West Germany
Moved to Fayetteville, NC with his mother and older brother Zach, but father did not come
He attended Terry Sanford High School.
Developed love for basketball and rapping.
Grew up in a violent neighborhood, and made it his duty to get out.
J. Cole's Childhood
Got local recognition after released first mixtape.
Secured recording contract TDE, a new indie record label in Carson, California.
2006-2007: Featured in songs by other Cali rappers (Jay Rock & The Game)
2008: Received cosign from Lil Wayne after both were featured in Jay Rock's music video & song "All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
2009: Released C4 - Mixtape influence by Wayne's Carter III
2010: Career took off with more releases.
Kendrick's Claim to Fame
-Moved to NYC, attended
St. Johns University
(graduated magna cum laude)
heard "Lights Please" (J calls him 'my protege')
-Cole was featured on
The Blueprint 3
in "A Star Is Born"
Cole World: The Sideline Story
released on September 2011 (debuted at No.1 on Billboard Hot 200 in 1st week
J. Cole's Claim to Fame
A Tale of Two Kings
Why are Cole and Kendrick the two always compared to one another?
What does it mean to be KING?
The Come Up:
Who Blew Up Faster?
Who had the Better Deal?
J. Cole's Mixtapes
J. Cole's Albums
J. Cole's Singles & Music Videos
J. Cole's Other Music & Business Ventures
Kendrick's Other Music & Business Ventures
Black Hippy: Group of TDE label mates founded in 2009
Founded His Own Record Label in 2009
Kendrick's Singles &
Can't Get Enough
In the Morning
Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe
Ignorance is Bliss
She Needs Me
Official SHHO Tee
Five Free Raffle Tickets
Exclusive Access to Member-Only Events
Free/Reduced Admission to Parties & Events
Tinashe @ the TLA on Tuesday, 3/15 @ 7PM
Floety @ the TLA on Wednesday, 4/20 @ 8PM
$1/3 Raffle Tickets
$5/20 Raffle Tickets
J. Cole's Awards
Mainstream meets Conscience Rap at a pivital moment in Black Culture! These two artists are exploring similar objectives in their music, so they are always compared!
BET Hip Hop Awards
: Best Mixtape:Friday Night Lights (2011), Impact Track: Crooked Smile (2013), Best Live Performer (2015), Album of the Year (2015)
illboard Music Awards
: Top Rap Album (2014/2015)
His nominations are pretty extensive! Between 2012 & 2016, Cole was nominated for 5 Grammys (Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance)
Political Messages in Popular Music
"And then when I talk about revolutionary in Cole and Kendrick, I’m speaking more than just daring musically and challenging lyrically, I’m talking about literal, fundamental change music that’s literally for the change of black people that carries on the tradition of Harriet Tubman, who was literally for the freedom of black people or Marcus Garvey, who was literally for the freedom of black people. Black Panthers, The Move Organization, Assata Shakur, so on and so forth."
How do you feel about this statement and is it really that deep? Is hip hop returning to its educational status?
Who's the KING?
A possible response from Cole could be.........
History repeats itself and that's just how it goes
Same way that these rappers always bite each others flows
Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with Rock n Roll
Justin Timberlake, Eminem and then Macklemore
While silly niggas argue over who gon' snatch the crown
Look around, my nigga, white people have snatched the sound
This year I’ll prolly go to the awards dappered down
Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile
I'm just playin', but all good jokes contain true shit
Same rope you climb up on, they'll hang you with
But not Jermaine, my aim too sick
I bang nigga, I came to bring the pain my brain too quick
You see how I maneuver this game, I ain't stupid
I recognize that life is a dream, and I dream lucid
And break the chains and change minds
One verse at a time, and claim 2-6
And fuck it, if the shoe fits, who's the king?
Reebok Sneakers: Red & Blue to bring together the Bloods & Crips
Calvin Klein Endorsement
Who's the King?
A possible response from Kendrick could be......
He might tell us to ask President Obama.... lol
Y'all think they really doing this?
ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards
: 2013/2014: Award winning rap songs (some include: Fuckin' Problems Poetic Justice & Swimming Pools
: 2013: Best New Artist, Best Male Hip Hop Artists, Best Collab (Fuckin Problems), 2014: est Male Hip Hop Artist
BET Hip Hop Awards
: 2011: Lyricist of the Year, 2012: Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year, 2013: Best Collab, Best Featured Verse, 2014: Lyricist of the Year, Best Featured Verse, 2015: Best Hip Hop Video, Impact Track
2014: Best Rap Song, 2015: Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Album, 2016: 11 nominations! Won: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Collab (These Walls), Best Music Video (Bad Blood)
39 awards, 109 nominations